SXU Gallery hosts photographer Seonaid Valiant

Photographer, historian and cultural critic Seonaid Valiant will showcase her photos of Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood beginning Wednesday, Feb. 11 at Saint Xavier University’s SXU Gallery, 3700 W. 103rd St., Chicago.

Valiant will give a lecture and discuss her exhibit “Pilsen: A Portrait,” at an artist’s reception at 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 11 at the SXU Gallery.

“Pilsen: A Portrait” is part of an ongoing series of documentary photographs detailing life in Chicago’s largely Hispanic Pilsen neighborhood. The series examines everyday life, religion, and ways residents work, play and express themselves.

“My primary focus is on portraits of the children in the community, many of whom are first- and second-generation immigrants,” she said. “Rather than taking photographs from a distance or trying to capture my subjects in unselfconscious poses or unguarded moments, I wanted them to directly address the camera and challenge the viewer’s gaze.”

The SXU Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, please contact the SXU Gallery at (773) 298-3081.